What is the Embedded Computing Market?



The embedded computing category includes hardware and software technology used to implement functions within a larger mechanical or electrical system. Embedded systems are dedicated to specific functions and typically work under real-time computing constraints. They control many devices in common use today ranging from portable devices such as digital watches and MP3 players, to large stationary installations like traffic lights, smart meters, factory controllers, and largely complex systems like hybrid vehicles, MRI, and avionics.


How Big is the Global Embedded Computing Market?

BCC Research estimates that the global embedded systems market will reach $198.5B by 2019 with a compound annual growth rate of 5.4%. While the U.S., Europe and Japan have dominated the market, BCC suggests that the Asia-Pacific region will grow to $79B by 2019, representing 40% of the total market.


Analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that much of this growth will be propelled by more sophisticated, cloud-connected embedded systems, which will have faster chips, better connectivity and more advanced operating systems and analytical software.


Which Industries and Applications Use Embedded Technology?

Embedded systems are utilized in a wide range of applications and are critical to the growth and profitability of many industries. Below is a representative list industries that are the largest users of embedded computing technology.


Consumer Electronics

  • Mobile phones
  • MP3 players
  • Video games
  • GPS receivers
  • Digital cameras
  • HDTV & DVD
  • Appliances
  • Home security

Industrial Automation

    • Process Control
    • Robotics
    • Material handling
    • Machining
    • Plastics injection
    • Material testing
    • Vision systems
    • Motion simulation

Automotive Electronics

    • Engine electronics
    • Transmission
    • Braking & Traction
    • Active safety
    • Driver assistance
    • Navigation
    • Climate control
    • Infotainment

Medical Equipment

    • Medical records
    • Diagnostic systems
    • Imaging systems
    • Ultrasound
    • Lab equipment
    • Patient monitoring
    • Fitness equipment

Military & Aerospace

    • Targeting
    • Radar analysis
    • Sensor systems
    • Unmanned vehicles
    • Command & Control
    • Flight management
    • Mapping & Navigation
    • Intelligence systems
    • Homeland security

Networking & Telecom

    • Switches
    • Routers
    • Gateways
    • Protocol converters
    • Firewalls
    • Hubs
    • Network bridges
    • Network security
    • Traffic management

How is the Embedded Computing Market Segmented?

Major embedded computing technology segments include:

  • Embedded hardware, including:
        – Processors, such as microprocessors, Digital Signal Processors (DSP), microcontrollers, ASIC, FPGA, System-on-a-Chip (SoC)
        – Memory systems
      – Peripherals, including communications interfaces, multimedia cards, networks, timers, ADC/DAC
  • Embedded software, including:
        – Operating systems and middleware
        – Application development tools
      – Emulation and test systems

What are the Top Embedded Computing Trade Shows?

  • Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) (Boston, Silicon Valley, Minneapolis, India, Brazil)
  • Design Automation Conference (DAC)
  • Sensors Expo & Conference
  • Embedded TechCon
  • Embedded World (Nuremberg)
  • Electronica
  • LinuxCon
  • RFID Expo
  • CASES (Compilers, Architectures and Synthesis of Embedded Systems)
  • CompuTex (Taipei)